This week’s From The Vault selection comes courtesy of Cassie and her infamous 106 & Park performance of single ‘Me & U.’
Extracted from her eponymous first album, “Me & U’ was the model’s debut effort. Released in 2005, the Ryan Leslie production was a sleeper-hit peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts in the US in 2006. It hit #6 in the United Kingdom the following year.
Beyond club play, it was the track’s high-octane video (which drew comparisons to Janet Jackson’s ‘Pleasure Principle’) that catapulted the release to the upper echelon of the charts.
Yet, could Cassie replicate the fierceness on-stage?
Unfortunately for the Bad Boy belle, the answer was an emphatic, embarrassing, and resounding “NO!”
Taking to the stage of BET’s then-flagship show, the beauty gave the ugliest of performances – characterized and immortalized by stiff, lazy, and laxed stage presence and vocals that just did not show up. Many wondered if she was asleep.
From the attempted acapella intro to the look of “even I know this is a mess” plastered on her pretty face , it was all a dismal disaster and ultimately spelled the end of whatever quest she had to be taken seriously. Her music career, as the last decade has shown, has never quite recovered.
It’s just her luck that this has happened back in 2006, because in the current viral age (see: Instagram, Facebook, memes and the like) her career in the broader sense (modelling included) is unlikely to have recovered.
Still, by way of her relationship with Diddy and a number of fashion focussed campaigns, she remains one of the most desirable ladies in the spotlight. Not a bad consolation prize.